Black Weir to Ross Dam

My ongoing exploration of the Ross River bikeways has ameliorated the lockdown for me to some extent, and bike shops report booming sales as others enjoy the same outlet.

I completed the Riverway circuit (introduced here) by riding on the Riverside Gardens side of the river from Black Weir to the motorway bridge and returning past the Riverway Arts Centre (closed since the 2019 floods), sports fields and playgrounds. That side was more interesting and enjoyable than the other, which just runs through a narrow strip of parkland between houses and the river like the rest of the Riverside Gardens section.

motorway bridge
The motorway bridge, with the footbridge slung beneath it

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Riding from Bowen Road bridge to Idalia and Oonoonba

Ross River immediately below the Bowen Road bridge
Ross River immediately below the Bowen Road bridge

The Ross River bikeway (introduced here) extends nearly three kilometres downstream from Bowen Road bridge on the Idalia side, past the meatworks chimney and the new Fairfield Waters residential subdivision.

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Ross River bikeways

An Easter break in which everyone is staying in town has reminded me of my intention to write about the bike paths which run along almost the whole length of Ross River. I have often mentioned sections of the network as I visited them so the overview is long overdue. Here goes!

Well-constructed paths follow both sides of the river from the Bowen Road bridge in Rosslea to the new motorway bridge between Riverside Gardens and Condon. The five river crossings – Bowen Rd bridge, Aplin’s Weir, Nathan St bridge, Black Weir and the motorway bridge – automatically create four loops for walkers and riders.

View of Mt Stuart from Sherriff Park
Mount Stuart from Sherriff Park

The city council has named the loops on its excellent downloadable maps:

  • Wetlands circuit, 5.9 km, Aplin’s Weir – Bowen Rd bridge
  • Aplin’s Weir circuit, 5.3 km, Aplin’s Weir – Nathan St bridge
  • Federation circuit, 7.2 km, Nathan St bridge – Black Weir footbridge (Weir State School)
  • Riverway circuit, 3.7 km, Black Weir – Motorway bridge

The path continues from the motorway bridge to Ross Dam, 11 km further upstream, but only on the Condon – Kelso side of the river.

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Backyard bananas – an update

Anyone searching Green Path for “banana” will get a lot of results but none which give any sense of what has been happening in my garden recently. A reader sent me a compliment, a request and an offer (all in one email), so I thought I could reply here, via a general update on my backyard banana growing.

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